Faizal aims to return to national training squad


  • Hockey
  • Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Diminutive forward Faizal Saari is interested in returning to the national training squad.

The skilful 23-year-old is in top form, having scored eight goals for Terengganu in five Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) matches.

But Faizal, who last featured for Malaysia in the World Cup in The Hague, Holland, in June, wants to meet the Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC), National Sports Council (NSC) and national coach Tai Beng Hai before making a decision.

Faizal, who has 162 international caps, said that he would only return if Beng Hai still wanted his services for the World League Second Round in Singapore (from Jan 17-25).

“I also want to have a discussion with the NSC and MHC officials first to iron out certain issues before making a decision,” said Faizal, who was a letdown in The Hague, failing to score a single goal in six matches in the World Cup.

He was issued a show-cause letter for making press statements against the MHC. He also had a fallout against former national coach K. Dharmaraj after the World Cup and declined to play for the national team.

Faizal does have a hot streak. He was shown the red card in the MHL match against Sapura last Friday for using foul language against an umpire.

Faizal served out the one-match automatic suspension against Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) on Sunday. However, he will face the technical committee on Thursday for further action.

Terengganu are second in the six-team Premier League standings with 15 points from five wins and a loss. Defending champions Kuala Lumpur Hockey Club (KLHC) top the standings with maximum points from six matches.

The East Coast team can still bag the title if they win their remaining four matches.

Terengganu, who made their MHL debut last year, face Tenaga Nasional and Maybank this weekend and KLHC and Sapura next weekend.

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